WORLD CUP SEMI FINAL
FRANCE vs BELGIUM
7pm BST – St Petersburg
Uruguay 0-2 FRANCE
A header from Raphael Varane and a second half strike from Antoine Griezmann earned France their semi final place. Uruguay keeper Muslera made a huge error letting Griezmann’s shot go through his hands.
Brazil 1-2 BELGIUM
Belgium were superb beating the favourites Brazil here. A Fernandinho own goal opened the scoring before a thunder bolt from the brilliant Kevin De Bruyne was enough to seal victory. Renato Augusto’s consolation header was all Brazil could muster.
LIKELY LINE UPS
France – (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba; Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud
Belgium – (3-4-3) Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Carrasco, Witsel, Fellaini, Mertens; De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku
France 1-2 Belgium (aet)
This one really could go either way and should be a cracking game. If Belgium can get De Bruyne, Hazard and Lukaku firing as they did against Brazil, I’d give them the slight edge. Having said that, don’t discount Griezmann and Mbappe on the other side.
De Bruyne to score from outside the area – 16/1
Belgium in extra time – 12/1
Mbappe and Lukaku to score – 7/1
– Robert Shiers